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Job 38 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

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“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?

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Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

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Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

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On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—

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while the morning stars sang together and all the angels[fn] shouted for joy?

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“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,

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when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,

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when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

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when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

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“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

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that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

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The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

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The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

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“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?

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Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

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Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

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“What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?

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Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

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Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

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“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,

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which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?

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What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

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Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

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to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,

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to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?

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Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

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From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

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when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

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“Can you bind the chains[fn] of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

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Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[fn] or lead out the Bear[fn] with its cubs?

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Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s[fn] dominion over the earth?

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“Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?

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Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

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Who gives the ibis wisdom[fn] or gives the rooster understanding?[fn]

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Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

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when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

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“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions

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when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?

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Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?
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Hebrew the sons of God
Septuagint; Hebrew beauty
Or the morning star in its season
Or out Leo
Or their
That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

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